Water hyacinth

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Water hyacinth
Common water hyacinth (E. crassipes)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Commelinales
Family: Pontederiaceae
Genus: Eichhornia

Water hyacinths are flowering plants in the genus Eichhornia. There are seven species. It belongs to the family Pontederiaceae of the order Commelinales. The water hyacinth is one of the fastest growing water plants. It is native to South America. It was introduced to the USA in 1884.